The Power of the Land: Identity, Ethnicity, and Class Among the Oglala Lakota

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Power of the Land is the first in-depth look at the past 120 years of struggle over the Oglala Lakota land base on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. An unholy alliance between the federal government and regional economic interests has led to progressive disenfranchisement of the majority of the Oglala people, and to the development of an ethnically distinct class of Oglala who control the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation land base. Understanding the resulting conflicts is key to understanding the reservation situation as a whole.
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Meet the Author

Paul Robertson has lived on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation since 1980. He is the current Chair of the Human Development and Social Justice Department at Oglala Lakota College.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Maps and Plates
List of Tables and Figures
Ch. 1 Makoce Ta Wowasake: The Power of the Land 1
Ch. 2 Roots of Ethnic Difference 11
Ch. 3 Cattle, Grass, and Ethnic Conflict at the Grassroots 45
Ch. 4 Tbe Oglala Omniciye and the Struggle for the Land 83
Ch. 5 Doing Their Patriotic Duty: The World War I Takeover of Oglala Lands 123
Ch. 6 Representative Democracy and the Politics of Exclusion 165
Ch. 7 Land and Power in the Era of the IRA 199
Ch. 8 A Nation in Crisis, Poised for Change 241
Abbreviations Used in Footnotes 251
Bibliography 253
Index 269
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